Computer cannot access bios

I cannot get into my BIOS settings and the computer hangs at teh ENERGY STAR screen.   I have a pentium III 500mhz machine.  Put a new hard drive in, got it up and running with WIN 98SE.  Now I cannot get back into the system.  It hangs when I try to get into the BIOS.  My BIOS access is DEL key, but doesn't work now.  I have cleared the CMOS and got into the BIOS once, but when I save the settings and reboot, it just hangs in the ENERGY STAR screen again.


HELP.........
farmingtonisAsked:
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sirbountyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You might also, first, try pulling all non-essential equipment out (sound card, modem, etc)
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sirbountyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Remove the battery - leave it out overnight...
Replace and try again in the morning...
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farmingtonisAuthor Commented:
I did that, pulled out everything.   Even my hair.  Is there a significance to leaving it out overnight.  Does it take that long to drain sometimes?
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ridConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hmm... If you have a pin pair to short for clearing the CMOS (a "Clear CMOS" jumper), removing the battery is not needed.

After clearing you could try setting the "Failsafe" or "Factory Default" mode in BIOS setup, save and exit and see if that makes any difference.
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CallandorConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Given how old  the motherboard is, you may need a new CMOS battery.  If it's weak, it can cause all kinds of CMOS troubles.
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farmingtonisAuthor Commented:
I took out the battery for 2 hours.  Got into the BIOS, when to choose BOOT sequence and it just hung there.  Anyone else ever have this problem.  I am going to go get a new battery and see what happens.

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farmingtonisAuthor Commented:
What doe the PIN out look like?  I see a whole bunch of pin outs.
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farmingtonisAuthor Commented:
got it.
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